Be heart smart during Hurricane Michael

With Hurricane Michael impac1ng North Florida and slated to push into Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia in the coming days, the American Heart Associa1on is sharing helpful informa1on for those dealing with the storm.

During and aBer a storm, stress and trauma may intensify, which can lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk.

The impact can be more intense for heart disease and stroke pa1ents.

In the aBermath of a significant storm, it may be challenging to see a health care provider for a checkup or to get medica1ons, especially for more vulnerable popula1ons.

The American Heart Associa1on has a Disaster Resources page on its website, which includes a wide range of helpful informa1on.

In addi4on, here are some quick 4ps:
Write down any medical condi1ons, allergies, medica1ons, doses and 1me you take

medica1ons, along with your pharmacy name, address and phone number.
Put your medica1ons and your health informa1on in a resealable plas1c bag to help keep it dry.

If your medica4on is lost, damaged by water or was leB behind when you evacuated, research open pharmacies and seek a refill as quickly as possible.

According to Florida law, you can obtain a 30-day refill of your prescrip1on medica1on at any 1me if you live in a county under a Na1onal Weather Service hurricane warning or under a Governor declared state of emergency.

In Georgia and South Carolina, you can get a 30-day refill of certain medica1ons.
Contact your pharmacist to request an out-of-schedule emergency refill to make sure you have

enough medicine during the declared state of emergency.

In North Carolina, you have within 29 days of the disaster declara1on to obtain one prescrip1on refill or get a replacement for a recently filled prescrip1on.

Informa1on on all state emergency prescrip1on refill laws is available here.

If you have diabetes and use insulin, see the Pa1ent Preparedness Plan (PDF). There you’ll find a checklist of supplies and for guidelines on handling your condi1on during a weather emergency.

As always, the American Heart Associa1on remains a resource for informa1on and guidance. Visit for the latest on heart and stroke health.

The Associa1on encourages cardiovascular disease survivors and their loved ones to join our free online Support Network to share stories and find resources to help on their journey to recovery.

It includes a forum specifically for hurricane support.

Source: American Heart Association.